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Patrick Silverwise
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Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Checking online I've found these two formulas:

=IF(COUNT(SEARCH({"Avenue","Road"},D2)),"TRUE","FALSE") - This returns TRUE or FALSE if either word is anywhere in the cell. 

=RIGHT(D2,LEN(D2)-FIND("*",SUBSTITUTE(D2," ","*",LEN(D2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(D2," ",""))))) - This returns the value of the last word in the cell.

I need a formula that combines the second with the first to yield the following TRUE / FALSE results:

123 Avenue = True
123 Road = True
123 Avenue Rd = False
123 Road Ave = False

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! :)

 

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Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Patrick,

 

{=OR(IFERROR(LEN(A1)-SEARCH({"Avenue";"Road"},A1)+1={6;4},FALSE))}

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Hi, Patrick Silverwise.  

 

  1. Use Name Manager to create a name, theValue
    =$D2
  2. Use Name Manager to create a name, LastWord
    =RIGHT(theValue,LEN(theValue)-FIND("|*|",SUBSTITUTE(theValue," ","|*|",LEN(theValue)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(theValue," ",""))))) 
  3. Use Name Manager to create a name, KeywordFound
    =COUNT(SEARCH({"Avenue","Road"},LastWord))>0
  4. Your formula
    =KeywordFound

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Thanks, Detlef Lewin. I learn something new.

 

Then, I tried 

=OR(RIGHT($D2,LEN({" Avenue"," Road"}))={" Avenue"," Road"})

This works too. This is not an array formula.  However, if I want to make the search with dynamic keywords in cells, I still need to make it an array formula.

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Detlef,

Thanks for the quick response.  Here is how I used your suggestion:

=IF(D2="","",OR(IFERROR(LEN(D2)-SEARCH({"Avenue";"Road"},D2)+1={6;4},FALSE)))

Here are the results. It can't seem to find Road.  Thoughts?

Address1 Detlef Desired
123 Avenue TRUE TRUE
123 Road FALSE TRUE
123 Avenue Rd FALSE FALSE
123 Road Ave FALSE FALSE
123 Avenue Road FALSE TRUE
123 Road Avenue TRUE TRUE

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Detlef Lewin's solution is an array formula.  After you type the formula, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.  It works perfectly.

 

If you do not want to use array formula, then, try

=IF(LEN($D2)=0,"",OR(RIGHT($D2, LEN({" Avenue"," Road"}))={" Avenue"," Road"}))

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Willy Lau,

Thanks for the quick response.  This is how I used your formula:

=IF(D2="","",OR(RIGHT($D2,LEN({" Avenue"," Road"}))={" Avenue"," Road"}))

The result was what I was looking for:

Address1 Willy Desired
123 Avenue TRUE TRUE
123 Road TRUE TRUE
123 Avenue Rd FALSE FALSE
123 Road Ave FALSE FALSE
123 Avenue Road TRUE TRUE
123 Road Avenue TRUE TRUE

 

Your mention of an array was insightful.  I actually have 200 different street names to identify (and eventually abbreviate), e,g Circle, Trail, etc.  The first step was to isolate the offenders. :)

 

What are your thoughts on what an array formula would look like? 

 

Thanking you in advance.  Patrick

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

My sincere apologies to Detlef Lewin.  I'm a newbie with Excel and didn't realize I needed to use the Ctrl + Shift + Enter for his formula to work.  My bad.  Please forgive me.

 

Thanks for the heads up Willy Lau, and the non-array format to use with the IF statement.

 

Patrick

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

My approach is based on Detlef Lewin's solution, and if you want to cater Circle, Trail, etc. my approach still need to use array formula.

 

Says, currently in Sheet1, you can create Sheet2.  Type, Circle, Avenue, Road, Trail, etc, in A1 To A4 (or more as you wish), Then, in sheet1 D2

{=IF($D2="","",OR(RIGHT($D2,LEN(Sheet2!$A$1:$A$4))=Sheet2!$A$1:$A$4))}

 

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Detlef Lewen

Thanks for the quick reply.  I used your formula as an array and it worked perfectly.  I entered

=IF(D2="","",OR(IFERROR(LEN(D2)-SEARCH({"Avenue";"Road"},D2)+1={6;4},FALSE)))

then Cntl+Shift+Enter and received the desired result:

Address1 Detlef Desired
123 Avenue TRUE TRUE
123 Road TRUE TRUE
123 Avenue Rd FALSE FALSE
123 Road Ave FALSE FALSE
123 Avenue Road TRUE TRUE
123 Road Avenue TRUE TRUE

 

While it let me copy and paste the formula, it appears that I must click each cell and Cntl+Alt+Enter to make it an array?  Since I have a lot of rows is there a quicker way?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Will it work if the array is in rows instead of columns?

For example:

{=IF($D2="","",OR(RIGHT($D2,LEN(Sheet2!$A$1:$A$200))=Sheet2!$A$1:$A$200))}

 

 

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

As what you type, it works on D3, D4, D5...etc, but not A2, B2, O2 or other columns in row 2 because $D is using.

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

One more thing that I forgot to mention, my approach is case-sensitive, but Detlef Lewin's solution is not, which is much better to be used on your case.

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Thanks for the heads-up on the case. I'll run a =PROPER( ) to standardize it.

 

Your formula:

{=IF($A2="","",OR(RIGHT($A2,LEN(Sheet2!$A$1:$A$5))=Sheet2!$A$1:$A$5))}

Using an array in Sheet2 seems the best solution.

 

My list has thousands of rows. Is there an easy way to copy array formulas across multiple cells?

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

Willy, that's even better because CSE is not required. And it uses less functions and less operations.

 

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

"Is there an easy way to copy array formulas across multiple cells?"

 

Enter the formula in the first cell with CSE and then copy it across.

If you have to edit the formula later then you have to enter it with CSE again.

 

CSE = CTRL-SHIFT-ENTER

 

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

I found it.  Create the first array cell.  Hold down right mouse button and drag down column until desired cell.  Release and do a Ctrl D (not a Ctrl V to paste).  Or, with the first cell of array selected, scroll down to the last cell needed, do a Shift+Right Mouse to select the range, then Ctrl D.

Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

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Re: Need an Excel Formula giving True or False based on the last word in the cell

I tried another way.  The following formula do not need CSE too.

=IF($D2="","",SUMPRODUCT(N(RIGHT($D2,LEN(Sheet2!$A$1:$A$5))=Sheet2!$A$1:$A$5))>0)